Broadway’s Justin Peck To Choreograph Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’
Tony Award-winning choreographer Justin Peck has joined the production team of Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story film.
Peck, the resident choreographer and soloist dancer with the New York City Ballet, won a Tony this year for his choreography of Carousel, the Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway revival directed by Jack O’Brien (the production closed Sept. 16).
"This is a total dream-come-true,” Peck said of his new gig. “Getting a chance to work alongside such an illustrious… Read
Cirque du Soleil Date Halted By Oil Sprayed On Audience From Equipment
An equipment malfunction at a Cirque du Soleil performance last night in Washington state stopped the show and caused the rest of the program to be cancelled.
The show in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, Washington ended when a hydraulic system hose broke. Audience members were showered with what the company claimed was a vegetable based oil.
The mishap is the second major incident for the theatrical company this year. On March 17, an aerialist died when he slipped from… Read
With ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ First-Time Emmy Nominee Brandon Victor Dixon Exposed Judas Iscariot’s “Human Heart”
A relative newcomer to the small screen known for his portrayal of Terry Silver in Power, Broadway veteran Brandon Victor Dixon made a huge splash this season, earning his first Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Signaling the prospect of a major crossover career for the three-time Tony Award nominee, Dixon's nomination recognized one of the most visceral and commanding performances seen in NBC's time turning the live… Read
Alan Johnson Dies: Mel Brooks ‘Young Frankenstein’ Choreographer Was 81
Alan Johnson, a three-time Emmy Award winning choreographer whose work spanned Broadway and Hollywood – and included four scenes from Mel Brooks’ comedies that became instant, irreverent classics – died July 7 of Parkinson’s disease at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81.
His death was confirmed to news outlets by his nephew Todd Johnson.
Johnson began his career as an understudy dancer for Broadway’s original 1957 West Side Story production and went on to include notable… Read
Andrew Lloyd Webber Pens Tribute To Gillian Lynne: ‘Cats’ Choreographer Dead At 92
Gillian Lynne, the choreographer for Cats and The Phantom of the Opera who died Sunday in London at age 92, was remembered today by Andrew Lloyd Webber as a major figure in dance and a key in the the phenomenal global success the musical based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
“Quite simply Gillian Lynne was a seminal figure in choreography for three generations, possibly four as her groundbreaking work in Cats is still being seen around the world,”… Read
Keshet International Choreographs ‘Masters Of Dance’ Launch At Mipcom
EXCLUSIVE: Keshet International is limbering up to bring Masters Of Dance to Mipcom next month as its flagship format offering. The original Israeli series is produced by Tedy Productions for Keshet Broadcasting and launched locally this summer, dominating ratings with an average 35.7 share.
The dance genre remains highly popular in the competition series landscape as networks continue to seek out talent shows with staying power. Masters Of Dance hails from the same… Read
Why ‘Hairspray Live!’ Costume Designer Mary Vogt Encouraged Her Dancers To Rip Their Clothes
A fan of Hairspray in all its myriad adaptations over the years, on stage and on screen, Hairspray Live! costume designer Mary Vogt faced new challenges when called upon to give her one take on the beloved property.
With the intense and very involved choreography on display in NBC’s latest live theater production—from directors Kenny Leon and Alex Rudzinski—Vogt quickly realized that she would need costumes that could hold up under pressure. Not only was there a demand… Read
‘The Get Down’ Choreographers On The Sequences That Emerged From Baz Luhrmann’s “Factory Of Creativity”
The opportunity to collaborate with Oscar-nominated director Baz Luhrmann would be enough in itself for many artists to sign on to a project without so much as reading a script, but for The Get Down choreographers, and brothers, Rich and Tone Talauega, there was also a profound opportunity embedded in the Netflix original series—an opportunity to honor music, a place and a culture that had a critical influence on them in their young lives.
Sharing a versatile career as… Read